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“Hauntingly Evocative” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musei Capitolini

Musei Capitolini
Piazza del Campidoglio 1, 00186 Rome, Italy (Piazza Venezia / Ancient City)
+39 060608
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Ranked #64 of 1,443 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The creation of the Capitoline Museums has been traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of bronze statues of great symbolic value to the People of Rome. The collections are closely linked to the city of Rome, and most of the exhibits come from the city itself.
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“Hauntingly Evocative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

Here's a suggestion on how to budget your time to visit the Forum and the Capitoline Museums: go to the Forum (your ticket, good for two days, will also include the Palatine Hill and Colisseum, but is only good for one entry to each) to beat the early-ish closing time of 4:30pm. Then, head up to the Capitoline Museums. Your walk will take you past the Forum of Caesar and, if you take the winding road up behind the "Typewriter" monument, you get to take in more views of the Forum from the street above. Just as you come to the Capitoline's plaza, be sure to look at the garden immediately on your right--you'll see an endearing topiary of the She-Wolf statue. Directly opposite, you see the statue again, perched atop a pillar, in miniature. Before heading off to see the real thing, I suggest you recharge your batteries with a cappuccino at the Panoramic Café (fairly easy to find--follow the signs or ask). You'll be treated to a spectacular view over Rome as the sun sets--not to mention watching the swallows as they start that evening's ritual swoop over the city.

When you're ready to begin your visit, consult the free map you would have been given when you purchased your ticket. It contains photograph "thumbnails" of most of the museums' highlights--critical to avoid feeling overwhelmed! Don't miss the Tabularium in the basement--if the timing is in your favor, you'll get yet another privileged view over the
Forum at night. The walk to the view takes you through an evocative, haunting display of funeral steles in the Epigraphic Gallery--all of which are translated into English--many of which still have the power to move you, centuries later.

All the highlights are easy to find, except the statue of the "Boy Removing a Splinter" which is not featured on the map, but is just a couple of galleries down from the She-Wolf statue.

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“really liked this museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

there is so much to see but all if it is impressive. i really like the statues the most although the mosiacis are very nice too there were no lines and it is closed on Monday. they have a small cafe at the top of the museum the food isnt that good but the views are great.

Visited September 2012
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Must see these 2 museums if interested in Roman history. There is a passage way linking the two museums in the basement. The view across the Forum is amazing and a brilliant photo opportunity. There is also an outside cafe/restaurant with good views.

Visited October 2012
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“Some-thing for all ages”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is one of the best museums that we visited in 7 weeks of Rome. The artifacts are well preserved, labels & is accompanied with loads of information. It is well worth the walk up the hill. The best walk is from the Baths of Caracalla around the back streets whee you will see more ruins in different states of repair. The views of the Forum from within the Museum are also spectacular. The restaurant at the top isn't that good, where the food quality is poor for the expensive prices they charge, but don't let that disappoint you, just eat in one of the many in the side streets

Visited July 2012
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“Impressive museum with an impressive staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We visited the museum recently when it was raining very heavily. We were a bit disoriented by the the check-in system for bags etc. but Roberto and his colleagues were extremely friendly and helpful, giving us bags for our wet umbrellas, helping us get change for the lockers, and Roberto even ran off to find us English brochures, which had all been taken when we arrived. The extremely friendly and kind service at the Capitoline Museum, despite the crowds and chaos caused by the rain shows how professional this museum is...not to mention its fabulous collection and views. Superb experience...highly recommended!

Visited October 2012
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